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Foreign Object In Pharynx, Removed

You had a blockage at the back of your throat (pharynx) which was interfering with your breathing or swallowing. This can happen when trying to swallow a large or sharp piece of food, taking a large pill or swallowing foreign objects. Your blockage has been cleared.

For the next 12-24 hours, it may continue to feel like something is stuck there or it may cause a sharp pain when swallowing. This is normal and is due to pain from the injured tissue. After 24 hours your symptoms should improve and disappear by the second day.

Home Care:

  • If you were given sedative medicine to relax you during the removal procedure, you may be drowsy for the next 4-12 hours. DO NOT DRIVE or operate dangerous equipment until you feel alert again.

  • For the next 24 hours you may drink liquids and eat soft foods. Once all pain disappears, you may resume your usual diet.

  • To reduce throat pain, gargle with warm salt water. (Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in a glass of hot water.) Lozenges and sprays may also be used (Chloraseptic spray or lozenges).

  • If your blockage was from food, be sure to cut solid food into small pieces before putting into your mouth and chew all foods well before swallowing.

  • If your blockage was from swallowing an over-the-counter pill (such as a vitamin), avoid pills of this size in the future. If the pill is a prescription medicine, ask your doctor if a smaller size is available.

Follow Up:

Follow up with your doctor as advised.

[Note : Any X-rays taken will be reviewed by a radiologist. You will be notified of any new findings that may affect your care.]

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38ºC) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Throat pain that worsens or lasts over 48 hours

  • Unable to swallow liquids or open your mouth wide due to pain

  • Drooling or unable to swallow your saliva

  • Trouble breathing, noisy breathing or a muffled voice

  • Increased pain with neck movement

 

 
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